The holidays are in the rearview mirror. Now it's time for another tradition — tax season.

It will be here sooner than you might think. This year the Internal Revenue Service will begin handling 2019 tax returns on  Monday, Jan. 27, according to a release from the agency.

The filing deadline, of course, remains April 15. That falls on a Wednesday this year. The IRS expects more than 150 million individual returns to be filed. 

And it recommends you file online and opt for direct deposit. That can help catch errors and get you your refund as soon as possible.

"As we enter the filing season, taxpayers should know that the dedicated workforce of the IRS stands ready to help," IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in the release. “We encourage taxpayers to plan ahead and use the tools and information available on The IRS and the nation's tax community are committed to making this another smooth filing season."

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